Mystery Photo

What in the world is it?

Mystery Photo

Don’t peek at the answer until you’ve given this a good try! Then, scroll down a bit and the truth will be revealed to you.

(Image Credit: NASA)

A scene from a B-horror movie? A one-eyed Martian octopus? Well, if you didn’t know already, you’re looking at NASA’s Mars Pathfinder spacecraft (later renamed the Sagan Memorial Station in deference to the late astronomer Carl Sagan), which landed on the Red Planet in the summer of 1997 — after bouncing across the Martian terrain protected by a bunch of inflated airbags. After it rolled to a stop, the airbags were deflated, solar panels were opened, a ramp was deployed, and a tiny computerized lander (not seen), dubbed Sojourner, rolled onto the surface.

Now, for a bit of trivia. Did you know that each morning (on Mars) NASA Pathfinder engineers "woke up" the Sagan Memorial Station and the Rover with "appropriate" music? Here’s the play list — one song per day:

"The Final Frontier" — Paul Reiser, Don Was (Theme from "Mad About You")
"Three Little Birds" — Bob Marley
"In The Mood" — Glenn Miller (with live accompaniment by Chief Engineer Rob Manning)
"Coisinha Do Pai" — Brazilian Samba
"You’ve Got a Friend" –Randy Newman
"Follow You, Follow Me" — Genesis
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" — Richard Strauss (Theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey")
"Roll to Me" — Del Amitri
"Let the Good Times Roll" — Ray Charles
"So Far Away" — Dire Straits
"Life in the Fast Lane" — Eagles
"Ride of the Valkyries" — Richard Wagner
"Wild, Wild Life" — Talking Heads
"Theme from Rawhide" — Blues Brothers
"Radar Love" — Golden Earring
"Wise Up" — Bim Skala Bim
"Dreams" — Van Halen
"I’ll Be There For You" — Rembrandts (Theme from "Friends")
"Long Distance" — Kinks
"Learning to Fly" — Pink Floyd
"The Way You Look Tonight" — Frank Sinatra
"Fantastic, That’s You" — Louis Armstrong
"Love Me Like a Rock" — Paul Simon
"You’ve Made Me So Very Happy" — Blood, Sweat and Tears
"Let Your Fingers Do the Walking" — Sort Sol
"The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" — Gene Lockhart (father of June Lockhart of "Lost in Space")
"Obscured By Clouds" — Pink Floyd
"Where the Streets Have No Name" — U2
"Mars Rovin’" — Tempus Fugit and the Time Travellers

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